Washington Explodes To Beat WSU, 15-8

The Washington baseball team exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning to beatWashington State, 15-6, in the first game of their three-game series Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field. The game was suspended due to rain in the sixth inning Friday night. TheHuskies led 7-6 at the time of the suspension.

Jay Garthwaite's grand slam was the big hit of the inning and a two-run single fromTila Reynolds accounted for two more of the runs.

UW senior Matt Gardner (2-0), who entered the game in the fourth inning and continuedSaturday to finish the game, earned the victory. The lefty threw four and two-thirdsinnings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He took advantage of three of thefour double plays the Huskies turned in the game.

Cougar starter Zach Fisher (0-6) worked four and two-thirds innings in the loss, allowingseven runs (four earned) on 11 hits. The Cougar defense made eight errors in the game,including three from Bookie Gates and two each from Tanner Kahler and Brent Robertson.

The Cougars took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, as Stefan Bailie's three-run homer, his14th, capped the outburst. The Huskies, down 5-2 entering the fifth, took advantage ofthree WSU errors in the fifth to score five runs and take a lead they'd never surrender.

Michael Done got that five-run fifth started with a two-run double. Washington tied it at 5-5when Brandon Jacobson singled home Done and the Huskies took a lead whenBen Johnson scored from third base on an error by Robertson at third base.

All nine Husky starters had a hit in the game. Tyler Davidson went 4-for-5 with two runsand an RBI. Reynolds had three hits and two RBI and Garthwaite finished 2-for-6 withfour runs batted in.

Mike Knight led the Cougars with three hits, including two doubles, in five at bats.

The Huskies and Cougars will continue the three-game series with game two Saturdayafternoon. Sunday's finale is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 15, Washington State 8Washington	011 050 080 -- 15 19 2Wash. St.	401 010 020 -- 8 14 8Jeff Carlsen, Matt Gardner (4), Tyler Shepple (8) and Ben Johnson. Zach Fisher, JaminSvendsen (5), Sean Donlin (9) and Jon Baeder. W - Gardner (2-0). L - Fisher (0-6). 2B -UW, Tyler Davidson, Michael Done, WSU, Mike Knight 2, Bookie Gates. HR - UW,Jay Garthwaite (4), WSU, Stefan Bailie (14). T - 3:18. A - 869.
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